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Pilot anticholinergic deprescribing scheme found that memory assessment in patients with reduced anticholinergic load improved significantly after two weeks

Written by | 9 Mar 2024

Much has been written about deprescribing of medicines with anticholinergic effects to reduce overall anticholinergic burden and it is widely recommended as a way to reduce cognitive impairment, […]

US prescription drug prices are 2.78 times those in other wealthy nations

Written by | 4 Feb 2024

Prescription drug prices in the U.S. are significantly higher than in other nations, with prices in the U.S. averaging 2.78 times those seen in 33 other nations, according […]

Americans will spend half their lives taking prescription drugs, study finds

Written by | 18 Oct 2023

An American born in 2019 will spend a larger share of their lifetime taking prescription drugs than being married or receiving an education, according to new research by […]

NUS pharmacists develop a “cheeky” and pain-free solution for drug delivery

Written by | 1 Aug 2023

Conventional ways of administering medication – by swallowing tablets, consuming bitter syrups, injections or rectal insertions – could be distressing and unpleasant for some patients, especially young children […]

Pharmacists can now prescribe hormonal birth control in 20 states

Written by | 18 Jun 2023

Pharmacists are taking a more active role in prescribing hormonal contraceptives — a trend applauded by women who welcome easier access to birth control and sanctioned by a […]

New test reveals existing antibiotics, hiding in plain sight on pharmacy shelves, can cure superbugs

Written by | 2 May 2023

A new test revealed that FDA-approved antibiotics — available at your neighborhood pharmacy — can effectively treat superbugs. They are not prescribed, however, because the gold-standard test predicts […]

Deprescribing to optimise drug therapy

Written by | 27 Apr 2023

Debi Bhattacharya is Professor of Behavioural Medicine at the University of Leicester, UK. As a former primary care pharmacist, she has experience of both practice and research into […]

CHARMER – a different kind of deprescribing intervention study

Written by | 26 Apr 2023

The CHARMER study of a proactive deprescribing intervention is different from previous studies and addresses five critical factors identified by prescribers and patients as being key to success, […]

Barriers and enablers for deprescribing

Written by | 25 Apr 2023

There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ deprescribing intervention and a good understanding of the barriers and enablers to effective deprescribing is needed, according to Debi Bhattacharya, Professor of Behavioural Medicine […]

Deprescribing – reactive and proactive

Written by | 24 Apr 2023

Debi Bhattacharya is Professor of Behavioural Medicine at the University of Leicester, UK. As a former primary care pharmacist, she has experience of both practice and research into […]

New Schaeffer white paper offers solutions to ensure greater patient access to prescription drugs

Written by | 16 Apr 2023

Although the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) aimed to increase patient access to prescription drugs and decrease spending, researchers warn that it may have unintended negative impacts […]

Patient-friendly prescription labels improve medication adherence, study finds

Written by | 18 Mar 2023

As many as half of all Americans with chronic diseases like hypertension and depression don’t take their medications as prescribed. And more than 100,000 people die due to […]

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